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Like I mention in all of my posts, I’m a bow hunter but a real newby in the xbow world. I’ve been surfing this and several other crossbow forums for several weeks now and have even posted on a few of these sites and have had many reply to my questions. And I’ve pretty much made up my mind that I am going to buy an Excalibur. One amazing thing that I’ve found is that unhappy Excalibur customers are real few and far between. Matter of fact I can’t think of one post that I’ve read where anyone found fault with their Excalibur. They all love their xbows, because of the simplicity, the fact that they’re pretty much maintenance free other than changing a string, which it looks like you can do yourself in literally 10-15 seconds. And last but certainly not least, everyone loves their accuracy.

So now the more I look the more I get confused on which Excalibur to buy. I’d love to shoot a 330 – 380 fps bow but I’m staying away from the heavy weights for two reasons. The first is, I want my wife to be able to cock it and shoot it with out my help, which may eliminate the Exocet from my list unless I spend the $$ and buy the crank. And then I need to weigh out if the extra 25 fps is worth the extra cost for bow and the crank, plus the inconvenience of her needing to use the crank for every shot.

And the second reason is the cost of the xbow. I’m still looking for preferably one that is slightly used and I’m still looking and negotiating on a few right now but will buy new if I haven’t found one in the next 2-3 days. I’m getting a bit anxious.

The Phoenix (Aluminum Main Frame) and the Axiom (Synthetic Main Frame) are primarily the same bows as far as their pull weight, arrow speed and stock style). But the open sites Phoenix bow-only, cost the same as the Axiom Kit that comes with the scope, mounts, quiver, bolts, and cocking aid. Why? I know aluminum is up in price but I wouldn’t think the Aluminum rail would raise the price to be equivalent to the same cost of the scope, mounts, bolts, quiver and cocking aid you get with the Axiom kits.

I like the looks of the Phoenix’s rail better than the Axioms Synthetic rail…. but to spend $175 - $200 more to get it set up the same as the Axiom Kit I’m not sure.

Are there advantages of the Phoenix over the Axiom in accuracy, speed or ??? that I’m not seeing?

Thank you in advance because I know I’m going to get great info from you all as usual.
Either send me a PM, reply to this POST, or shoot me an email. [email protected]
 

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I faced a similar question when I bought mine. I opted for the Axiom. It is my first crossbow and I didn't want to spend any more than I had to. I am very pleased with mine. I have upgraded the scope (I just don't like the little triangle things). I have a friend with a 225# exomax and I had no difficulty cocking it. (I am 6' tall so the longer stroke is not an issue). Try to get to a dealer where you and your wife can try both the Exocet and Axiom/Phoenix. I really can't feel a real difference between them.
My bow is too new to be able to make a judgement on durability. My gut tells me that the aluminum will be tougher than the polymer, but both carry a lifetime warranty. I can say without a doubt if you hit a branch with the polymer rail it is much quieter than with the aluminum rail.
In the end you make your choice and pay your money. I think you will be pleased with either of them.
 

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Like I mention in all of my posts, I’m a bow hunter but a real newby in the xbow world. I’ve been surfing this and several other crossbow forums for several weeks now and have even posted on a few of these sites and have had many reply to my questions. And I’ve pretty much made up my mind that I am going to buy an Excalibur. One amazing thing that I’ve found is that unhappy Excalibur customers are real few and far between. Matter of fact I can’t think of one post that I’ve read where anyone found fault with their Excalibur. They all love their xbows, because of the simplicity, the fact that they’re pretty much maintenance free other than changing a string, which it looks like you can do yourself in literally 10-15 seconds. And last but certainly not least, everyone loves their accuracy.

So now the more I look the more I get confused on which Excalibur to buy. I’d love to shoot a 330 – 380 fps bow but I’m staying away from the heavy weights for two reasons. The first is, I want my wife to be able to cock it and shoot it with out my help, which may eliminate the Exocet from my list unless I spend the $$ and buy the crank. And then I need to weigh out if the extra 25 fps is worth the extra cost for bow and the crank, plus the inconvenience of her needing to use the crank for every shot.

And the second reason is the cost of the xbow. I’m still looking for preferably one that is slightly used and I’m still looking and negotiating on a few right now but will buy new if I haven’t found one in the next 2-3 days. I’m getting a bit anxious.

The Phoenix (Aluminum Main Frame) and the Axiom (Synthetic Main Frame) are primarily the same bows as far as their pull weight, arrow speed and stock style). But the open sites Phoenix bow-only, cost the same as the Axiom Kit that comes with the scope, mounts, quiver, bolts, and cocking aid. Why? I know aluminum is up in price but I wouldn’t think the Aluminum rail would raise the price to be equivalent to the same cost of the scope, mounts, bolts, quiver and cocking aid you get with the Axiom kits.

I like the looks of the Phoenix’s rail better than the Axioms Synthetic rail…. but to spend $175 - $200 more to get it set up the same as the Axiom Kit I’m not sure.

Are there advantages of the Phoenix over the Axiom in accuracy, speed or ??? that I’m not seeing?

Thank you in advance because I know I’m going to get great info from you all as usual.
Either send me a PM, reply to this POST, or shoot me an email. [email protected]
Good luck with your choice they all will stack arrows and shoot great. For me personally I just like the looks of the aluminum rail better.
 

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Just bought a used but new, Exocet 200. Should have it in my hands this time next week. Can't wait.
 

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Congrats you will finally be an Excal owner. I know you have wanted one for a while you will love it. Have fun shooting
 
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